14 Feb

500 Conquer Carnethy 5

Carnethy 5

For the first time in the event's history, over 500 runners finished the challenging Carnethy 5 on Saturday, February 11. Weather conditions were near perfect as GB mountain running internationalist Orlando Edwards led fropm an early stage to win with an impressive time of 47:53.

Edwards, running for his Scottish club Hunters Bog Trotters, pulled away from a strong pack early on to record the fifth fastest time at the event. Prasad Prasad of Squadra Porcini was second (48:29), whilst Rob Jebb (Bingley Harriers) finished in third.

In the women's field, Angela Mudge (56:03) of Carnethy HRC gave a commanding performance as she finished more than two minutes ahead of second placed Sarah McCormack (58:42). Jasmin Paris, again of Carnethy HRC, completed the top female trio (59:17).

Based 10 miles south west of Edinburgh at Silverburn village, the Carnethy 5 is known for it's five challenging summits with an ascent of 2500 feet over 6 miles. The race features in the World's Ultimate Running Races, compiled by Jethro Lennox and Angela Mudge, who both coincidentally competed in Saturday's race.

Michael Nowicki, part of a strong contingent of Carnethy AC runners to complete the race, commented: "The Carnethy 5 really has everything you could want from a hill race, hard slogs up, multi-terrain, amazing atmosphere - it felt like the Tour de France."

A special mention must also go to Lochaber's Jimmy Jardine, who, after finished Saturday's race, has now taken part in and completed every one of the 42 Carnethy 5 events. Great photos online at Carnethy HRC's Google+ page. Full results from the Carnethy 5 are available at scottishrunningguide.com